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How Much Braided Line Should I Put on a Spinning Reel?

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Planning on angling using braided line?

Keep on reading — below.

You will come across how much-braided line you should put on your spinning reel.

It’s important to spool your reel with just the right amount of braid.

Having too much will leave you with wind knots, and having too little will keep you from catching fish notorious for going on long runs.

Like the king mackerel!

How much-braided line for spinning reels

So how much-braided line should you put on your spinning reel?

Most rod manufacturers recommend spooling your reel with 200 yards of line.

However, this can put you in a pickle because most braided lines are sold in 150-, 300-, 600- and even 1,500-yard spools.

Worry not because there’s a quick workaround.

keep the braid below the lip of your reel.

Most anglers stick to a fill level of 1/16th of an inch from the lip of the reel.

Although it’s not unlikely for more experienced fishermen to add a little more each time.

If your braid extends above the reel’s lip, then it only means one thing: you overdid it!

Spinning Reels with Indicators help

You may also simply consider opting for a spinning reel with indicators that will tell you when you have just the right amount of line.

But before you put the right amount of braid on your spinning reel.

It’s important to note that it’s not a good idea for you to tie a braided line around a bare spool like what you normally do when using mono line.

Braid has way less friction than mono.

Full Braided Line On Spinning Reel

So what will happen if you load your spinning reel with nothing but braid?

Well, the biggest problem you will encounter is that you will fail to reel in when the line is under a great deal of tension.

The braided line will simply slip and spin uncontrollably at that very crucial moment.

What a waste of time and energy!

To keep this mishap from striking, it’s important to provide friction. Since braid can offer virtually none of it and such can be done with the help of a mono line.

All you have to do is.

first spool the spinning reel with mono (also referred to as “using a mono backing”) which is something that’s capable of gripping onto itself.

Mono Backing

There’s a couple of perks to enjoy for doing this:

  • It keeps you from losing control when it’s time to reel in your massive or aggressive catch.
  • It helps to save money as braided line costs about double the price tag of mono.

As a general rule of thumb, anglers who have already mastered this technique generally fill the entire base of their spinning reel with at least a layer of mono; some go for 10 handle turns or so.

Once you have loaded the reel with enough mono, tie it to your braid using the line-to-line knot of your preference. Don’t forget to cut off the tag ends of both lines! Now you can resume turning the handle of your spinning reel to put in the right amount of braided line for hassle-free angling. Just remember to pack your braid tightly to keep it from digging onto itself!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much backing do I need for braided line?

You will first need to put 145-110 = 35 yards of 12 lb mono as the backing on the reel to fill the spool to capacity for your 110 yards of Power Pro Spectra braid.

Should you wet braid before spooling?

To stop wind knots, make sure your line is wet before casting with a braid.

Do you put mono on before braid?

This is called “Mono Backing” and it is highly recommend to use mono before braided line.

Can fish see braided line?

The answer is Yes, Fish can see braided line and Although the use of braided line has many advantages, being undetected by fish is not one of them.

How do I know when my spinning reel is full?

There should be casting reels about an eighth of an inch from the tip and all the way to the top. If you have too much of a line on them when you cast, you’ll get a weird sound. Spinning reels, right to the tip, should be all the way complete.

Bottom Line

Braided line has many advantages but always remember to fill your spool with mono before adding braid. Some other articles that you may find helpful here on are: best color braided line for surf fishing or how to spool braided line on a baitcaster. So be sure to read those as well.

The biggest advantage to braid is that it has little or no stretch which makes it the perfect line for deep water fishing. However, because of that it can become a real hand full in certain situations.

We hope that our braided line guide helped you and if you have any questions or comments please reach out! we’d love to hear from you.

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